Press & Updates

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CEO, Brian McKinney, Receives Michigan Chronicle’s Men of Excellence Award

Dec 2022, The Michigan Chronicle

Gayanga Co. CEO, Brian McKinney, receives Men of Excellence award from Michigan Chronicle. The award honors men who exemplify extraordinary stature, poise and integrity, who are champions of economic empowerment and diversity, and who are driving forces in politics and community service.

Gayanga Co. Awarded $18.45 million in Voter-Approved Contracts

Aug 2022, Bridge Detroit

Breakdown of contract awards under The City of Detroit voter approved Proposal N. “BridgeDetroit’s breakdown of Proposal N demolition data showed Detroit-based Gayanga Co. has been awarded six contracts worth about $18.45 million – the most of any contractor under the program.

Crain’s Women Gayanga Co. VP, LaCresha Ware, honored as “Notable Woman in Construction, Design & Architecture” by Crain’s Business Magazine

Jun 2022, Crain’s Detroit Business

Gayanga Co. VP of Estimating and Engineering, LaCresha Ware, honored as “Notable Woman in Construction, Design & Architecture” by Crain’s Business Magazine. “With decades of experience under her, LaCresha joined Gayanga Co. as chief estimator when the company had less than $1 million in contract awards,[…]She is now managing a 30-plus (person) staff and over $25 million of work largely for the city of Detroit.”

Michigan Chronicle Awards Gayanga Co. VP, LaCresha Ware with Women of Excellence Award

Apr 2022, Michigan Chronicle

As a 25-year veteran in the construction industry, dedicated to inspiring youth to consider unconventional careers, LaCresha A. Ware is a certified trailblazer. Ms. Ware currently serves as Vice-President of Estimating and Engineering for Gayanga Co., a construction engineering firm serving the City of Detroit under the nation’s largest demolition program.

Podcast Series: Demolition NOW

Oct 2019, National Demolition Association

“Later on this episode, NDA’s Kevin McKenney will speak with Brian McKinney of Gayanga Co. about his Detroit based company and their role in the community, NDA education courses, and the future of workforce development in the industry.”

Meet 10 black entrepreneurs on the rise in Detroit

Sep 2019, Crain's Detroit Business

Gayanga Co. is honored to be a part of this list of entrepreneurs who shared their startup stories, keys to growth, and entrepreneurial advice

Brian Mckinney speaks to the founding of the company as a response to the gap in Detroiters being employed in local construction projects. Hiring Detroiters is now a key part of the company’s mission and “McKinney prides himself in hiring Detroiters, with 84 percent of his 45-employee workforce residing in the city. “

Detroit sees surge in minority demo contracts after Freep investigation

Oct 2018, Detroit Free Press

“Gayanga, they’ve done very well and if you look at their performance over time we expect them to be a very large producer in the city,” Farkas said. “They’re an example of Detroiters taking advantage of the opportunities we’re trying to create. It’s the kind of culture the mayor wants us to have — Detroit being built by Detroiters.”